The quote that I mentioned during our discussion of Villanelle is from Donne’s “The Ecstasy”:
Love’s mysteries in souls do grow,
But yet the body is his book.
After rereading Donne’s poem this evening, I think it is a very clever seduction poem. I think that Glassco’s poem may be a dialog between a body and its soul about the causes of loneliness, but not a body and soul that are two totally distinct entities. The poem asks two unanswerable questions. It would be interesting to know the context of quote, or paraphrase, from St. Augustine. I couldn’t find it even in the Catholic Encyclopedia.